Leadership & Staff

Our leadership and staff are dedicated professionals from a range of backgrounds including education, child development, social work, and youth development.

Office of CEO & Vice Presidents

Bela Mote
Bela Moté

President & CEO

Sonja Crum Knight
Sonja Crum Knight

Chief Programs & Impact Officer
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Juleigh Ruby
Laura Hool

Chief of Staff
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Juleigh Ruby
Juleigh Ruby

Executive Assistant to President & CEO
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Ashley Nazarak

Vice President of Scaling & Dissemination
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Peg Heslinga
Peg Heslinga

Chief Financial Officer
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Bonita Stowell
Bonita Stowell

Senior Campaign Director
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Erica Rangel
Erica Rangel

Senior Director of Development
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Chris Cannova
Chris Cannova

Vice President of People and Culture
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Julissa Cruz

Senior Director of Community-Based Advocacy
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Michele Black

Vice President of Programs and Impact Operations
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Leadership Circle

Latonya Jones

Site Director, North Lawndale
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Vickie Roman

Associate Director, Programs & Impact Operations
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Alicia Castañeda Rodriguez

Senior Director of Family Engagement & Support
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Meg Helder

Senior Director of Monitoring & Support
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Oscar Arreola

Director of Contracts Management
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Crystal Sanders

Site Director, Little Village

Kenny Riley

Senior Director of Out-of-School-Time (OST) Programs
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Azucena “Susy” Gonzalez

Senior Director of Community Based Programs
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Tineasha Ellis

Director of Accounting
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Niels Dale

Director, People & Culture
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Tonia Holden

Site Director, Albany Park

David Walker

Senior Director of Mental Health
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Brenda Berman

Senior Director of Program Marketing & Communication
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Fani Espinosa

Strategic Priorities Manager
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Stanley G. Robertson

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Staff Education & Background

Our staff works collaboratively through an interdisciplinary approach to relation-based practice to best meet the needs of those we serve.

The Carole Robertson Center’s programs are delivered by a workforce representative of those served. This workforce, at all levels within the organization, includes community residents, former program parents, and alumni.

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Preschool Teachers

Hold Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in early childhood education or child development and Illinois Professional Educator Licenses with Bilingual or English as a Second Language endorsement.

Family Support Specialists

Hold Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees in Social Work or Human Services.

Infant & Toddler Teachers

Hold Bachelor’s degrees in early childhood education or child development and the Infant Toddler Credential.

Staff Across Our Organization

Teaching, Family Support, & Direct Service Staff

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Since 1976, the Carole Robertson Center for Learning has been dedicated to educating, enriching, and empowering children and families through comprehensive child and family development programs.